Mueller keeps on finding himself blocked in court. The latest problem he faces is being forced to turn over the unredacted “scope” memo:
Attorneys for special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday provided a federal judge with an unredacted memo detailing the scope of his investigation.
Mueller’s team made the filing after Judge T.S. Ellis III requested the full document, Bloomberg and Reuters report. The memo was written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel investigation, and spells out in detail what Mueller can investigate.
The document was filed under court seal.
A heavily redacted version of the memo has already been made public.
In one section of the memo, Rosenstein gives Mueller the authority to investigate allegations that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort “committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials” during the 2016 presidential race. The memo also authorizes Mueller to investigate whether Manafort “committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government.”
The other areas of Mueller’s investigation are blacked out.
Ellis requested the full memo in order to judge Manafort’s argument that the Mueller investigation has exceeded the scope of its legal authority by investigating Manafort’s personal business dealings. Manafort argues those dealings are unrelated to Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.